NEWS
08/18/2011 08:00 EDT | Updated 10/18/2011 05:12 EDT

32 More Foreign Fugitives Sought By Ottawa

The federal government is seeking the public's help again in its hunt for people wanted on immigration warrants, focusing on 32 foreign fugitives believed to be in the Toronto area.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is unveiling photos and details Thursday in the city, accompanied by his parliamentary secretary Candice Hoeppner, the parliamentary secretary to the defence minister, Chris Alexander, and the president of the Canada Border Services Agency, Luc Portelance.

The 32 people on Toews' new list are in addition to 30 suspected of war crimes that he named in late July, when the Canada Border Services Agency launched a website identifying the suspects and calling for any information that could lead to their whereabouts.

The government says seven of the original 30 named on the website have been found. Six were arrested in Canada and three have been deported, while a seventh was located outside Canada.

On the earlier website, the names and photographs of the 30 men are accompanied by a statement that reads: "It has been determined that they violated human or international rights under the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act or under international law."

On Aug.3, Toews told Rosemary Barton on CBC News Network's Power & Politics that the public initiative was proving successful and the government was considering using its websites to identify more individuals sought by authorities.

"I've certainly been talking to staff," he said.

Toews mentioned his interest in targeting "those who have been convicted of criminal offences who are non-Canadians. They have been convicted of criminal offences here in Canada and are subject to removal orders and have disappeared."